due to a complex of historical and cultural factors, the absolute and pure visual forms reached by malewicz and mondrian in the early 1910s have almost no influence on bulgarian modern art. hence, one may well argue that bulgarian modernism is deprived of its natural integrity without a consciously held non-objective period.

a prerequisite for the emergence of non-objective tendencies within the local art context can be found in the maturation of contemporary bulgarian civil society. on the other hand, this is an interactive process in which civil society is the principal beneficiary of the promotion of non-objective art forms. examples of such successful collaboration between society and non-objective aesthetics can be observed in countries like the netherlands, germany, france and switzerland, as well as in societies much closer to our political fate like poland, hungary, the czech republic and romania, where constructive and conceptual traditions date back to several decades ago.

conceived as an international forum, orthogonal aims at introducing the bulgarian cultural public to a number of selected artists and theoreticians, who work in the field of non-objective art. apart from an exhibition of artifacts the event offers a programme of open lectures and screenings which deal with contemporary and historical issues of this yet little known in bulgaria art movement. nonsofia's ambition is that this forum becomes a regular art festival which will expand in the future and remain permanently on the bulgarian cultural agenda.

orthogonal's third edition took place between 4 may and 4 june 2017 at the red red house centre for culture and debate, sofia. as usual, the event featured a programme of open lectures, workshop for children and a show presenting the work of a dozen artists from 7 states. apart from painting, drawing, animation and graphics, the exhibition included poetry, sculpture, wall installations, and photography, as well as natural samples from the collection of earth and man national museum, sofia. in october the festival visited contemporary space, varna for its black sea edition. you are welcome to enquire further information at info@orthogonal.bg.